Nomadic Residents: Candice Breitz

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 4:00am

September 16 to 20, 2013

FREE Public Lecture: “From A to B and Back Again”
Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 p.m.

OCAD University
Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000  |

All are welcome and admission is free. Limited seating available; guests are advised to arrive early. OCAD University's Faculty of Art welcomes critically acclaimed international artist Candice Breitz as this year's Nomadic Resident, from September 16 to 20, 2013. As part of her residency, Breitz will present a public talk on Tuesday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m. Titled “From A to B and Back Again,” Breitz’s public talk will focus on several recent works that have been made ‘on the road,’ providing insight into a creative practice that seeks to capture and observe the nuanced manner in which individual experience is inflected through a variety of social and other filters. In recent years, Breitz has spent long stretches of time producing works in Jamaica, Italy, Germany, Austria, Japan, Sweden, Great Britain, Ukraine, South Africa, the United States, India and Nigeria, typically working with a local crew in each new location, and endeavouring to respond to the particularity of each local context as it relates to the broader global context in which her work is made and exhibited.

“We are thrilled to have Candice Breitz join the Nomadic Residents program that is now in its seventh year,” said Dr. Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean in OCAD U’s Faculty of Art. “Breitz’s international perspectives and interest in interrogating the interplay between art making, media and cultural awareness, as well as her commitment to studio teaching will surely inspire many of our students and faculty and complement OCAD U ecology of learning.”

As part of her residency, Breitz will lead a collaborative studio workshop with OCAD U students: Being Ourselves + Others will invite students to expand their individual artistic strategies through a process of exploration into and reflection on coalescing societal contexts and ideas.
Candice Breitz’s residency at OCAD University is presented in conjunction with the debut of Treatment (2013), a new work by the artist that has been commissioned as part of the Toronto International Film Festival. Treatment opens as part of the exhibition David Cronenberg: Transformation at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) on Wednesday, September 4 with a reception from 8 to 10 p.m. The exhibition continues until December 29, 2013.

Breitz will also give a talk at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario on Thursday, September 12 at 6 p.m. in conjunction with the installation of her work Him + Her (1968-2008).

Candice Breitz (Johannesburg, 1972) is a Berlin-based South African artist whose moving image installations have been shown internationally. In recent years, solo exhibitions of her work have been hosted by The Power Plant (Toronto), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Copenhagen), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Bawag Foundation (Vienna), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), White Cube (London) and the South African National Gallery (Cape Town). Her work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Fonds national d’art contemporain (France), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, as well as NYC’s Museum of Modern Art. She has participated in biennales in Johannesburg (1997), São Paulo (1998), Istanbul (1999), Taipei (2000), Kwangju (2000), Tirana (2001), Venice (2005), New Orleans (2008), Göteborg (2003 and 2009) and Singapore (2011). Selected group exhibitions include New Frontier (Sundance Film Festival, 2009), The Cinema Effect (Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2008), Made in Germany (Kunstverein Hannover, 2007), Superstars (Kunsthalle Wien, 2005) and Remix: Contemporary Art and Pop (Tate Liverpool, 2002).

About Nomadic Residents
The Nomadic Residents program aims to inspire and influence the OCAD U community and the public by featuring artists and thinkers from around the world whose work questions issues such as travel, mobility, displacement, dislocation and homelessness, as well as the speed or instability of modern life. In bringing these innovative and diverse individuals to take up residence at OCAD U, Nomadic Residents joins here to there, the local to the global and the provisional and the permanent. Nomadic Residents was launched with generous support from Partners in Art in 2006 with Rirkrit Tiravanija. Past residents include Ann Hamilton (2007), ORLAN (2008), Hal Foster (2009), Adel Abdessemed (2010) and Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh (2012). Nomadic Residents continues to be supported by the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

About OCAD University
OCAD University ( is Canada’s “university of imagination.” The university, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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